Match Details: Friday, January, 3, Cairns Convention Centre, 8:30 UTC
Cairns Taipans have been one of the better-performing teams this season. They have had a great last couple of weeks and are currently 4th on the standings with 10 wins and 9 losses. Cairns will be hosting Brisbane Bullets to begin their Round 14 NBL Basketball journey. The Bullets have had a mixed bag of a season this time and are 7th on the points table with 8 wins and 10 losses. Both the sides are coming off victories in their last games.
Cairns and Brisbane have clashed twice in this season with both the team registering a victory each. The last time Cairns had hosted the Bullets, they had earned an easy 94:85 win. They would hope to repeat the result this time too.
Cairns Taipans Match Form
The Taipans are in somewhat of a victory spree and have won 3 games in a row. In their last game, they defeated South East Melbourne 92:84 at home. Cameron Oliver and Scott Machado combined to score over 50 points in the game and were almost unstoppable. The team would want their two dependable stars to continue their form in Round 14. With skipper DJ Newbill being their most consistent performer and Majok Deng also delivering, the Taipans have got a strong base and will not be easy to beat on home turf.
Brisbane Bullets Match Form
Brisbane Bullets should have been higher up the ladder by now. But despite showing promise, they have slipped in crucial moments that have led to them languishing at the 7th position. Round 14 gives them a chance to move up again.
The Bullets would be delighted that they ended Round 13 on a positive note after beating a top side like Melbourne United 102:96 on the road. It was a hard-fought win where their star player Lamar Patterson led the way with a stunning 35 points. Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee also scored more than 20 points in the game and this means that the top 3 main players of the Bullets are in good form. Good contributions from Matthew Hodgson and Will Magnay will make them stronger.
Cairns Taipans vs Brisbane Bullets: NBL Betting Tips
Cairns and Brisbane have a 7-7 record in the NBL. It proves that the two teams have always been close competitors. It is hard to call this particular game but given how the season has gone for the two teams, one would have to give the Taipans an edge.
The home-court advantage will certainly favor the Taipans and the confidence of three back-to-back victories will also help. The Bullets certainly have a good team and can take the game close. But they have been far too inconsistent this season to be dependent on.
Cairns Taipans should hence be backed as the winners of this contest.